Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Program

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In a year when we are celebrating the theater’s

with designers who have executed George

25th Anniversary Season, it seems fitting to

and Martha’s home to perfection, this director

take on one of the great American classics,

and cast have reimagined Albee’s classic with

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. Edward

thrilling new eyes.

Albee’s masterpiece about the complicated and sometimes brutal dynamics that reside within love and marriage is as timeless as it is darkly comical. It is an incredibly complex and layered play that requires nothing short of brilliant actors. Director Gordon Greenberg has assembled exactly that: an ensemble that brings Albee’s text and subtext into stunning and stark relief. Calista Flockhart, Zachary Quinto, Aimee Carrero, and Graham Phillips have imbued the production with an undercurrent that keeps us guessing even as we laugh at and side with one character or another. Along 2 P L AY B I L L

It continues to be a joy to have you all back at the theater. We appreciate your continued support and patience as we settle back into live and in-person performances. Your safety and well-being, as well as that of the artists you are here to see, remains our top priority. It allows us all to continue to do what we love— come to the theatre. Enjoy the show! Matt Shakman Artistic Director




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Kevin Bright

Steve Tisch

Gil Cates Jr. Executive Director

Dr. Charles E. Young Chair Emeritus

Mary Ann Cloyd Vice Chair


Dr. Brad Edgerton Bonnie E. Eskenazi Mark Fleischer Sue Nahley Fleishman Patricia L. Glaser

Welcome to Geffen Playhouse and the 60th anniversary production of Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, directed by Gordon Greenberg. We are proud to present this classic masterpiece as part of our 25th Anniversary Season.

Martha Henderson Chair Emeritus

As we celebrate our first 25 years as Geffen Playhouse, we continue our mission to push boundaries and foster bold, brave, and relevant works by a vibrant artistic community that will inform, entertain, and inspire.

Tiffany Mayberry

On behalf of the Geffen Playhouse Board and Advisory Board, thank you for being here and for your ongoing support of our artistic endeavors. Your support enables the theater to further develop our Education & Community Engagement programs across Los Angeles.

Matt Shakman Artistic Director

We thank you for embracing the exciting return to in-person performances and hope you leave the theater with a new sense of wonder, curiosity, and passion for the performing arts.

Loretta Everett Kaufman Carla Malden Brian Mann Danny Passman Holly Rice

Adi Greenberg Board Chair

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Debra Davis

Marc Weinstock Kevyn Wynn

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Kirsten Hansen

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David Geffen

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With gratitude,

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These programs seek to inspire the students and community members we serve, to develop a lifelong relationship with the theater, deepen our common sense of humanity, and increase our sense of agency in the world.

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Laurie Ziegler



As part of Geffen Playhouse’s inaugural Art Lives Here project, four Los Angeles artists have been invited to create original art works to be displayed in our lobby welcoming back audiences during our 25th Anniversary Season. We celebrate the diversity in our audiences and our productions, and it is our mission to create, foster, and nourish an environment that is open and welcoming for all. We are a home for the arts, and we believe our physical space should also reflect and be representative of our ongoing commitment to equality, diversity, and inclusion in everything we do and the communities we support.

FEATURED WORK #3 The Endless Open Sky Above Us ARTIST Luciana Abait ON DISPLAY Apr. 19 – Jun. 19, 2022

The work is a metaphor for the magic that the theatre evokes in audiences. As theatergoers watch a play, or performance, they feel transported into another world. The physical walls and ceiling of the theatre disappear and a new world emerges

Los Angeles where she is

Selected exhibitions include

where anything is possible.

a resident artist of 18th

A Letter to the Future at Los

This mixed media depicts

Street Arts Center in Santa

Angeles International Airport

theatre seats placed on the

Monica. Her photo-based

and Sur Biennial in Cali-

surface of a vast landscape

two- and three-dimensional

fornia; Flow, Blue at Rock-

that is surreal and fantastic.

works deal with climate

ford College Art Museum

The open landscape points

change and environmental

and Luciana Abait at Jean

to the expansiveness of our

fragility, and their impacts

Albano Gallery in Illinois;

natural world, with arms

on immigration in particular.

Nest at Lehigh University in

open to all its inhabitants.

Abait's artworks have been

Pennsylvania; and ARCO in

shown widely in the United

Spain. Abait's works are held

States, Europe, Latin Amer-

in private, public and corpo-

Luciana Abait was born in

ica, and Asia in solo shows

rate collections from the

Buenos Aires, Argentina

in galleries, museums,

United States, Europe, Latin

and is currently based in

and international art fairs.

America and East Asia.

























THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 2022 Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com


Jerry & Terri Kohl

Martha Henderson

Linda Bernstein Rubin & Tony Rubin

Pamela Robinson Hollander & Robert Hollander

Miranda & Brett Tollman

Loretta Everett Kaufman & Victor Kaufman


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AIMEE CARRERO MARTHA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CALISTA FLOCKHART NICK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . GRAHAM PHILLIPS GEORGE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ZACHARY QUINTO HONEY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


FLYNN HAYWARD GEORGE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ROBERT MAMMANA NICK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TY MOLBAK MARTHA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ANNE TORSIGLIERI HONEY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Understudies never substitute for listed players unless specified. The Actors and Stage Managers employed in this production are members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. SETTING/TIME

The living room of a house on the campus of a small New England college. Fall, 1962. Fun and Games Walpurgisnacht A C T T H R E E The Exorcism ACT ONE ACT TWO


3 hours Including two 10 minute intermissions. PLEASE NOTE

There is no photography or filming of any kind allowed during the performance. Please turn off all electronic devices, including cell phones. Thank you!

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PRODUCTION BIOGRAPHIES Imposter, Beside Herself, Bovver Boys, Death Takes a Holiday, and Mad Forest, amongst others. On television, Calista appeared in Ally McBeal, Brothers & Sisters, and Supergirl. Film credits include The Birdcage, Telling Lies in America, A Midsummer A I M E E CA R R E R O


Night’s Dream, and Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her.



Aimee Carrero is thrilled to be

Quinto is best known for the

making her Geffen Playhouse

role of Spock in J.J. Abrams’

debut! Recent credits include:

Star Trek and its sequels.

Off-Broadway: The Portuguese

His other film credits include

Kid (Manhattan Theater Club),

Margin Call, Snowden, and The

What Rhymes with America

Boys in the Band, among others.

(Atlantic Theater Company);

He has also starred in a multi-

Film: The Menu (Searchlight

tude of television series includ-

Pictures, 2022), Spirited (Apple Original Film, 2022), Mack & Rita (2022), Wander Darkly, Holidate; Television: The Consultant (Amazon Studios, 2023), The Offer (Paramount+, 2022) Maid (Netflix), Young & Hungry (Freeform), Elena of Avalor (Disney), She-Ra and the Princesses of Power (Netflix/ Dreamworks Animation).



Graham Phillips began his career as a soloist at the New York City and Metropolitan Operas before starring in the Broadway cast of Jason Robert Brown’s 13: The Musical. He has performed in a variety of roles on film and television, including leads in the films Goats, Evan Almighty, XOXO, Staten Island Summer, and Blockers. He also has been recurring on the

ing Heroes, NOS4A2, The Slap, Girls, American Horror Story, So Notorious, and 24. On stage, Quinto has appeared off-Broadway in Angels in America and Smokefall, and on Broadway in The Glass Menagerie, and most recently in the Tony Award– winning revival of The Boys in the Band. His production company, Before the Door Pictures, was launched in 2008 and is developing projects across film, television, and other media.

television series Riverdale and Atypical, and starred in ABC’s The Little Mermaid Live. He was a series regular on The Good Wife until attending Princeton CA L I S TA F LO C K H A R T


Calista Flockhart is delighted to be at the Geffen Playhouse. Broadway and off-Broadway theatre credits include: Three Sisters, The Glass Menagerie, Romeo and Juliet, King Lear, bash: Latterday Plays, Sophistry, The Loop, Sons and Fathers, Wrong Turn at Lungfish, The 8 P L AY B I L L

University where he received his B.A. in the History department. With his brother, Parker, he wrote and directed his first feature, The Bygone, a neo-western thriller. Their second feature, Rumble Through the Dark, staring Aaron Eckhart and based on the novel by Michael Farris Smith, is in the final stages of post-production.



Edward Albee was born on March 12, 1928 and began writing plays 30 years later. His plays include The Zoo Story (1958), The Death of Bessie Smith (1959), The Sandbox (1959),

PRODUCTION BIOGRAPHIES The American Dream (1960),

Theatre starring Rebel Wilson),

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

the Broadway premiere of

(1961-62, Tony Award), Tiny Alice

Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn (also

(1964), A Delicate Balance (1966,

co-writer, Roundabout Theatre

Pulitzer Prize; 1996, Tony Award),

Company, Universal, PBS’s Great

All Over (1971), Seascape (1974,

Performances), Jacques Brel is

Pulitzer Prize), Listening (1975),

Alive and Well and Living in Paris

Counting the Ways (1975), The

(Zipper Theatre, Drama Desk,

Lady from Dubuque (1977-78),

Drama League, Outer Critics

The Man Who Had Three Arms

nominations), Working (adapted

(1981), Finding the Sun (1982),

with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Dra-

Marriage Play (1986-87), Three

ma Desk Award, 59E59, The Old

Tall Women (1991, Pulitzer Prize),

Globe, Broadway in Chicago),

Fragments (1993), The Play

Johnny Baseball (Williamstown

About The Baby (1997), The Goat,

Theatre Festival), Piaf/Dietrich

or Who Is Sylvia? (2000, 2002

(Mirvish, Toronto, Dora Award),

Tony Award), Occupant (2001),

Barnum (Menier Chocolate

At Home at the Zoo (Act 1, Home-

Factory, London), Floyd Collins

life; Act 2, The Zoo Story) (2004),

(Signature Theatre), Yentl (Asolo

and Me, Myself and I (2008). He

Rep), The Secret of My Success

is a member of the Dramatists

(Universal, Paramount Theatre,

Guild Council, and President of

Chicago), Ebenezer Scrooge’s

The Edward F. Albee Founda-

BIG Christmas Show (The Old

tion. Mr. Albee was awarded the

Globe, Bucks County Play-

Gold Medal in Drama from the

house), Crime and Punishment

American Academy and Institute

(upcoming The Old Globe),

of Arts and Letters in 1980. In

Port-Au-Prince by Kirsten Childs

1996 he received the Kennedy

(upcoming, The New Group),

Center Honors and the National

Dracula, A Comedy of Terrors

Medal of Arts. In 2005, he was

(upcoming Chicago Shakes,

awarded a special Tony Award

NYC), Blue Sky Boys by Deborah

for Lifetime Achievement.

Brevoort (premiere, Capital Repertory Theatre), Pirates! (Or, Gilbert and Sullivan Plunder’d) (Huntington Theatre). TV writing includes original movies for: Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, ABC, Warner Brothers. He is a Founding Curator at Ars Nova, an Associate Artist at The New Group and Co-Director of the



Broadway Teachers Workshop. As an actor, he has appeared on

Directing work includes the

Broadway, Off-Broadway and on

acclaimed West End revival of

television. Teaching: Michigan,

Guys and Dolls, which received

Columbia, U. Oklahoma, N.Y.U.,

six Olivier Award nominations

Arts Ed (London), Broadway

(Savoy Theatre, Chichester

Moscow (Russia). Education:

Festival Theatre, Phoenix

Stanford University, NYU, RADA.


Scenic Designer

Broadway and Off-Broadway: Pass Over (Lucille Lortel Award nomination, Broadway and LCT3); Next Fall (Broadway and Naked Angels); Cost of Living, By the Water (Manhattan Theatre Club); Teenage Dick (Ma-Yi Theater Company/The Public Theater); A Commercial Jingle for Regina Comet (DR2 Theatre); Space Dogs (MCC Theater); Sweat, Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth, Pericles (The Public Theater’s Mobile Unit); Wild Goose Dreams (The Public Theater/La Jolla Playhouse); The Thanksgiving Play (Playwrights Horizons); My Mañana Comes (The Playwrights Realm); Too Much, Too Much, Too Many (Roundabout Theatre Company); The Jammer (Atlantic Theater Company); Sakina’s Restaurant (Audible Theater/Minetta Lane Theatre); Engagements (Second Stage); Informed Consent (Primary Stages). Opera: Lucia di Lammermoor (Lyric Opera of Chicago), Eine Florentinische Tragödie / Gianni Schicchi (Canadian Opera Company, Dora Mavor Moore Award). Film/television: Pass Over (dir. Spike Lee), Game Theory with Bomani Jones (HBO), Blindspot (NBC). Eastern Region Board Member of Local USA 829. Instagram: @wilsonchindesign ALEJO VIETTI

Costume Designer

New York: Broadway’s Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musical; Allegiance (Drama Desk Award nomination); and Beautiful: The Carole King

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PRODUCTION BIOGRAPHIES Musical (also national tour,

Play Dead directed by Teller

LA and SD Drama Critics

West End – Olivier Award

(Geffen Playhouse); Rock of

Circle Awards; two ASCAP Plus

nomination, Australia, Japan,

Ages (The 5th Avenue Theatre,

Awards; multiple nominations

and UK tour). Smokey Joe’s

Seattle); Office Hour starring

for Drama Desk, Barrymore,

Café, Amy and the Orphans,

Sandra Oh, Little Black Shad-

Helen Hayes and IRNE, among

Storefront Church, and Secrets

ows (South Coast Repertory);

many others. Founding member

of the Trade, among others. As

Crescent City directed by Yuval

of the Theatrical Sound Design-

well as works for the Radio City

Sharon (The Industry). Corpo-

ers and Composers Association

Rockettes, Roundabout Theatre

rate events include projects

(TSDCA) and The Collaborator

Company, Manhattan Theatre

for Microsoft, Under Armour,

Party. www.lindsayjones.com

Club, New York City Opera,

AirBnB, and Universal Studios.

and Atlantic Theater Company,

Elizabeth is a professor of

among others. Opera includes

lighting design at the Universi-

Lyric Opera of Chicago, Minne-

ty of Southern California.

Most recently at Geffen Play-


Witch, Big Sky. Broadway: Ain’t

sota Opera, and Donetsk Opera (Ukraine). Other: Disney’s The


Fight Director

house: Paradise Blue, Key Largo,

Original Music & Sound Design

Too Proud, All My Sons, Carousel

Broadway: Slave Play, The Nap,

(Drama Desk Outstanding

Bronx Bombers, A Time to Kill.

Fight Choreography), Summer,

Off-Broadway: Privacy, Dry

Memphis, Jersey Boys, Henry

Powder (The Public Theater);

IV, Twelfth Night, The Who’s

Mankind, Bootycandy (Play-

Tommy, Anna Christie, The Real

wrights Horizons); Rx (Primary

Inspector Hound, Macbeth, The

Stages), and many others.

Farnsworth Invention, Guys and

International: Royal Shake-

Dolls, Dracula, Doctor Zhivago,

speare Company (England),

Bonnie and Clyde, Getting Away

Stratford Shakespeare Festival

With Murder, Two Shakespear-

(Canada). Regional: Mark

ean Actors. Off-Broadway: Pig

Taper Forum, Arena Stage,

Farm, The Third Story, The Night

Goodman Theatre, McCarter

Hank Williams Died, Below the

Theatre Center, The Old Globe,

Belt. Public Theater: CORIOLA-

Steppenwolf Theatre Compa-

NUS. Shakespeare Los Angeles:

ny, Guthrie Theater, Hartford

Henry IV (with Tom Hanks).


Stage, Chicago Shakespeare

Stratford Shakespeare Festival:

Theater, Lookingglass Theatre

Romeo and Juliet, Caesar and


Company, and many others.

Cleopatra, The Who’s Tommy,

Lighting Designer

Film/television scoring work:

Macbeth, Henry V. Metropolitan

Regional: Between Two Knees

The Brass Teapot for Magnolia

Opera: Faust, Rodelinda, Boris

(Oregon Shakespeare Festival,

Pictures, A Note of Triumph:

Godunov, Iphegenie at Tauride.

Yale Repertory Theatre); The

The Golden Age of Norman

Regional: Kennedy Center,

Cake (La Jolla Playhouse);

Corwin (2006 Academy Award

Mark Taper Forum, Ahmanson

The Invisible Hand (KCRep);

winner, Best Documentary

Theatre, The Old Globe (Asso-

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,

Short Subject) for HBO Films.

ciate Artist), La Jolla Playhouse,

Immediate Family, Blues for an

Awards: two Tony Award nom-

Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Ac-

Alabama Sky (Mark Taper Fo-

inations (Best Score and Best

tors Theater of Louisville, et al.

rum); Quack, Woman Laughing

Sound Design of a Play), seven

Mr. Rankin also plays mandolin

Alone With Salad (Kirk Douglas

Joseph Jefferson Awards and

and guitar with The Susie Glaze

Theatre); Wait Until Dark, Long

24 nominations; two Ovation

New Folk Ensemble. Steve is a

Day’s Journey into Night, and

Awards and three nominations;

proud member of SDC.

Hunchback of Notre Dame in Japan and Germany, Colorado Ballet, and the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Regionally, Vietti has designed shows for Alley Theatre, Goodspeed Opera House, Guthrie Theater, Hartford Stage, Paper Mill Playhouse, Shakespeare Theatre Company, La Jolla Playhouse, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and The Old Globe, among others. He is the recipient of the 2010 TDF/Irene Sharaff Young Master Award. Eastern Region Board Member of Local USA 829.

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ment from UC Irvine in 2021.

Intimacy Director

Production Stage Manager

Mia Schachter is an Intima-

Jason is grateful to be continu-

ing anti-racist training and

cy Coordinator for TV, Film,

ing his time at the Geffen Play-

stage intimacy training into all

and Theater, a podcaster, and

house with this iconic show and

her work and enjoys guest lec-

writer living in their hometown

amazing group of artists. For the

turing for Stage Management

of Los Angeles. Their credits

Geffen, Jason just completed

courses whenever possible.

include Perry Mason (HBO),

the incredible run of Power of

Favorite credits include Living

Grey’s Anatomy (ABC), Twen-

Sail. Jason’s Broadway credits

Dead in Denmark (CSU Chico),

ties (BET), and the upcoming

include the original companies

The Producers (Plan B Enter-

Season 2 of Blindspotting

of: To Kill a Mockingbird; Meteor

tainment), The 39 Steps, Jesus

(Starz). Mia runs Share the

Shower; A Doll’s House, Part

Christ Superstar, Tuesdays with

Load, a consent education

2; Shuffle Along; Glory Days;

school they founded during

Cyrano de Bergerac; and the

the pandemic, and co-founded

Broadway blockbuster Wicked.

Centaury Co., a SAG-AF-

National tour credits include:

TRA-accredited intimacy coor-

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love

dination training company.

and Murder, Chicago, Joseph


and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Thoroughly Modern



Sarah Rose Leonard is a dramaturg and creative producer.

Millie, A Christmas Carol, and Wicked. Regional: The Kennedy Center, Muny, Pittsburgh CLO, Stages St. Louis, Santa Barbara

She is currently a Live Events

Symphony, and Chita Rivera at

Producer at KQED, Northern

Carnegie Hall. In the world of

California’s NPR and PBS mem-

educational theatre, Jason has

ber station. Previously, she was

served on the Board of Directors

the Literary Manager at Berke-

for the Educational Theatre

ley Repertory Theatre and the

Association and currently sits on

Literary Associate at Signature

the Board for California Thespi-

Theatre. Favorite dramaturgy

ans and the Educational Theatre

credits include This Much I

Foundation. A leading advocate

Know (Aurora Theatre Compa-

in the nation for educational

ny), twenty50 (Denver Center

theatre, and speaks yearly about

for the Performing Arts), Angels

anti-bullying, acceptance, and

in America (Berkeley Rep),

empowering youth in various

A Good Neighbor (Z Space),

states. Member of Actors’ Equity

In Braunau (San Francisco

Association. Love to the JSquad.

Playhouse), You For Me For You

Thank you for supporting live

(Crowded Fire Theater), Big

theatre! “Dare to Dream!”

Starr). She is a Co-Editor of 3Views on Theater, an online theatre criticism publication dedicated to multiplicity.

Morrie (Clinton Area Showboat Theatre), The Penelopiad (UC Irvine), and Invincible (Cesa Entertainment). Kyrsten is a member of Actors Equity Association and the Stage Managers Association. See kyrstengoodrich.com for more information. Cheers! K ES I A R O SS

Assistant Stage Manager (after 5/15)

Kesia is excited to be returning to the Geffen Playhouse! As a Las Vegas native, Kesia came to California to attend Chapman University and received her B.A. in Theatre Technology with an emphasis in Stage Management. Some of Kesia’s highlights include A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Annie at the Hollywood Bowl, the Ojai Playwrights Conference, Power of Sail at the Geffen Playhouse, and various shows at the Disneyland Resort as a Production Stage Manager. P H Y L L I S S C H U R I N G A , C SA

Casting Director

Love (Signature Theatre), and The Hotel Colors (The Bushwick

She is focused on implement-


Assistant Stage Manager (thru 5/15)

Kyrsten is thrilled to be making

Phyllis is an Artistic Associate and the Casting Director for Geffen Playhouse. Recent

her Geffen Playhouse debut!

casting includes Power of Sail,

Born and raised in California,

Paradise Blue, Mysterious Cir-

she received her B.A. in Theatre

cumstances, Black Super Hero

from CSU Chico in 2016 and

Magic Mama, Skeleton Crew,

her M.F.A. in Stage Manage-

The Legend of Georgia McBride, G E F F E N P L AY H O U S E 1 1

PRODUCTION BIOGRAPHIES Guards at the Taj, and American

West Coast premiere of David

day-to-day operations; devel-

Buffalo at the Geffen, and Put

Lindsay-Abaire’s Good People

oping new, ongoing theater

Your House in Order at La Jolla

(2012), the world premiere of

partnerships and leading its

Playhouse. She has received

Jeffrey Hatcher’s new adapta-

mission to inform, entertain

6 Artios nominations: Witch,

tion of Wait Until Dark (2013),

and inspire diverse audienc-

Significant Other, Actually,

and Joshua Harmon’s Bad Jews

es with live theater of the

Barbecue, Barcelona, The Coun-

(2015). Matt founded and was

highest caliber. Prior to being

try House. Before joining the

the artistic director of the Black

named Executive Director in

Geffen, she was the Casting Di-

Dahlia Theatre in Los Angeles,

2015, Cates served as Geffen

rector for Steppenwolf Theater

which was named “one of a

Playhouse Board Vice Chair-

Company in Chicago where her

dozen young American com-

man since 2012 and served

favorites include Frank Galati’s

panies you need to know” by

as a producer and director in

adaptation of The Grapes of

American Theatre magazine

theater, film and television.

Wrath (also La Jolla Playhouse,

and “Best Small Theatre” by

His theater credits include the

National Theatre in London and

Los Angeles magazine. Matt is

award-winning Names (Matrix

Broadway, where it received

a director and producer for FX’s

Theatre Company) and Three

the Tony Award for Best Play),

It’s Always Sunny in Philadel-

Sisters and David Mamet’s

the original production of Steve

phia and has directed episodes

A Life in the Theatre (both at

Martin’s Picasso at the Lapin Ag-

of Game of Thrones (DGA

Syracuse Stage). Cates’ film

ile (and subsequent productions

nomination), Mad Men, Fargo,

credits include The Surface

including Westwood Playhouse

The Good Wife, and Succession.

(starring Sean Astin and Gef-

and Briar Street Theater in

He helmed the pilot episode

fen Playhouse alumnus Chris

Chicago), Austin Pendleton’s

for Hulu’s The Great (Emmy

Mulkey), Jobs (starring Ashton

Orson’s Shadow, and Charles L.

nomination) starring Elle Fan-

Kutcher, Josh Gad, Dermot

Mee’s Time to Burn. Broadway

ning and Nicholas Hoult and

Mulroney, as well as Geffen

transfers include One Flew

produced and directed all epi-

Playhouse alumni Matthew

Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Tony

sodes of WandaVision (Emmy

Modine and Ron Eldard) and

Award for Best Revival) and The

nominations for Direction and

the 2011 feature film Lucky

Song of Jacob Zulu. She is a

Limited Series, DGA nomina-

(starring Colin Hanks, Ari

member of the Casting Society

tion), a Marvel Studios event

Graynor and Ann-Margret). In

of America.

series for Disney+ starring Paul

addition, Cates co-produced

Bettany and Elizabeth Olsen.

and co-directed the critically

Matt is currently directing Star

acclaimed Life After Tomorrow,

Trek for Bad Robot and Para-

featuring Sarah Jessica Parker,

mount Studios.

which premiered on Showtime. His other films include Deal (starring Burt Reynolds, Bret Harrison and Charles Durning) and The Mesmerist (starring Jessica Capshaw and


Geffen Playhouse alumnus

Artistic Director

Neil Patrick Harris). Cates’

Matt Shakman is Artistic

television directorial debut was an episode of the NBC comedy

Director of Geffen Playhouse.

Joey, starring Emmy winner

Circumstances for the Geffen in

G I L CAT E S, J R .

Executive Director

Matt LeBlanc. He studied at

2019 and prior to joining as Ar-

Gil Cates, Jr. is Executive

the National Theatre Institute

tistic Director in 2017, Shakman

Director of Geffen Playhouse.

directed three acclaimed pro-

In this role, he is responsible

ductions at the Playhouse: the

for managing the Geffen’s

Matt last helmed Mysterious

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in Waterford, Connecticut, and holds a B.F.A. in Drama from Syracuse University.

PRODUCTION BIOGRAPHIES for accounting functions of

Sloten CPA, after holding the

the theater, including oper-

position of Director of Account-

ating and capital budgets. In

ing at FABS Management,

addition, she supports all IT

where she was responsible for

and HR activities. Behnaz was

overseeing the finances of more

named Chief Financial Officer

than 25 non-profit organiza-

in 2015 after serving as General

tions. As a financial professional

Manager since 2002. She first

with more than 30 years’ experi-

joined Geffen Playhouse in

ence in for-profit and non-prof-

1999. Previously, Ataee worked

it financial management and

as a senior financial analyst for

auditing, Ataee began her

Behnaz “Nazy” Ataee is Chief

Ultratech Inc., an international

career in the Bay Area as a

Financial Officer of Geffen

semiconductor company based

partner in a small tech startup.

Playhouse. In this role, she

in San Jose. Prior to Ultratech,

She holds a master’s degree

has oversight responsibility

she was an auditor for Van

from Pepperdine University.

B E H N A Z ATA E E Chief Financial Officer

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A1 Jake Delgado

Movement Consultant Allison Leo

A2 Stephanie Lynn Yackovetsky

Associate Scenic Designer Riw Rakkulchon

Wardrobe Supervisor Michayla Van Treeck

Associate Costume Designer Alexandria Hoffman

Lead Carpenter Philip Rossi

Hair & Wig Designer Charles G. LaPointe

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Associate Hair & Wig Designer Daryl Terry Assistant Lighting Designer Yelena Babinskaya Assistant Sound Designer Everett Elton Bradman Production Assistants Savanha Moore, Juliet Park Saxophone Jason Singer

Properties Artisans Christopher R. Baab, Danny Dolan, Ryan Howard Stitcher Kiko Cheyenne

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COVID-19 Compliance Manager Bella Luna

Trumpet Chris Tedesco All Other Instruments Lindsay Jones

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Scenery Provided by F&D Scene Changes Ltd.

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Calista Flockhart with director Gordon Greenberg




SA R A H R O S E L E O N A R D : This is a play we return to a lot as a society. What made you want to direct it now? G O R D O N G R E E N B E R G : I have always loved the play, although my relationship with it changes over the years. I first saw the movie in my teens. I was living in a household that wasn’t as drastically dangerous as this household, but it resonated. I certainly recognized the decaying relationship, codependence and violence, the disappointment and mourning that all these people are experiencing. I was also drawn to the exposing of the underbelly of an ostensibly perfect, orderly, suburban existence. I loved that the couple you thought had it all together and had everything going for them—the golden couple, if you will—is actually more dysfunctional than the couple who look like they’re a mess and should be separated, probably. I think George and Martha have a brighter future than Honey and Nick. And that was fascinating to me. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve understood what it means to love someone through darkness at 1 6 P L AY B I L L

times. The way you think about life is not quite as neat and tidy and finite. If you look at the lifespan of a relationship, it’s like traversing the Pacific Ocean. There are going to be storms, and there are going to be challenges and waves. But if you learn how to sail through them, you get a great reward at the end, which is mileage and longevity. S R L : What’s been a delight to discover in the rehearsal room? What’s been a challenge? G G : It’s fun to see who wins each battle. That friction between George and Martha keeps them alive. There’s an admiration for swordsmanship, for wit, and even for vulgarity. For sheer strength! The fine line between love and violence keeps the play dangerous and fascinating. That’s something we talk about a lot, too. That there’s both a terror of being the loser of any single battle, but also a reward because the person you love has won. The other thing we’ve been talking about is the notion of about how frightening women’s lib was to the male establishment at the time. Many women were entering the workplace for the first


time when the play was first staged in 1962. That fear seems absurd and corny to me now. But all of these people assumed the workforce was going to essentially be what it was, which is half of what it could have been. And people were scared. That’s what Albee was sending up. And then Albee underscores that between the men—Nick and George—it’s always a battle of testosterone. We’re embracing these themes in our production. There’s a beauty in Honey and Martha’s interactions. But it is a challenge to sneak that beauty in there when their moments together are so seldom, and when the men are always present. S R L : Many people who encounter the play wonder why Nick and Honey don’t leave. Why you think they stay? G G : This is Nick’s whole world. He’s at the President’s daughter’s house. If he leaves, he has to face it in the morning. I think, like all humans, he is protecting the possibility of a happy ending for himself, which might be some career advancement. He wants to keep his wife happy, maybe make a friend for her. Then, of course, he is forced to stay when Honey continues to get sick. They’re stuck there, but with each incident there is a little nudge keeping them in the room. Nick is constantly assessing which is going to be the greater loss: leaving right now and making a huge thing of it or suffering through this a little more. It’s the ultimate work dinner that you have to sit through that goes funhouse mirror grotesque. S R L : I appreciate how you’re framing it as Nick’s decision, given what we just talked about with gender. Honey doesn’t get to make the choice about staying or leaving. G G : She mentions right when they arrive that they should probably leave, but we also learn that she was the one who encouraged them to come over. She was thinking of her husband’s career advancement, and probably wanted to make some friends. She specifically mentions how difficult it was at Nick’s last job location to walk up to people and say hello. Isn’t that awful! S R L : Martha’s father, the president of the college, is a big unseen force in the play. How does his presence manifest for these characters? GG: Her father holds power over everyone in the room. His New England college is isolated and is its own little microcosm of the world. They

all rely on his beneficence for their future. The cast and I were just talking about the fact that Martha, who is 52 years old, still calls her father “daddy.” I’ve realized that I sometimes call my own parents “mommy” and “daddy”—and my in-laws have noted it. It just happens, and it doesn’t feel absurd, but it definitely indicates a closeness and a sense of being protected by them—or that you think you should be. When Martha does it, we don’t know if she’s wielding it as a power play, or if she’s actually connected to the little girl version of herself, who sees him as the most important man in her life. And George hates him! Martha’s “daddy” has a different ethos than George and clearly isn’t buying into George as his successor, or even as the head of his own department. Martha’s father reminds George of his failures. She talks about her father being more physical, George being less confident in his body. He’s a constant reminder of George’s own second-class status in his own house. S R L : What makes this ensemble’s take on these characters special to you? G G : Interestingly, everyone is about the age of the characters as written. I don’t usually see that. As written, George is six years younger than Martha. We have a George who is six years younger than her, and it resonates. Because we had cast a George and Martha who were essentially the ages of the characters, we then had to make sure our Nick and Honey were 28. That casting feels authentic, like Nick and Honey are trying on their parents’ clothing. Everyone in this play is in deep mourning for something. They are also in a rage about the lives that they are not living. This cast has a true understanding and fearlessness in how they make those connections on a personal level. Despite all of that, I believe that this is a play with hope. When you’ve got adversity, the only way around it is through. We’re watching these characters go through the storm probably in the worst way they ever have. I believe they come to a higher, hopefully more connected understanding of each other. There’s a reason Albee ends the show with dawn breaking. It’s almost too on the nose, but he’s telling us something. My feeling is that there is hope for a future for Martha and George. To read more about Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, visit geffenplayhouse.org/blog. G E F F E N P L AY H O U S E 1 7


25 YEARS AND COUNTING Founder Gilbert Cates with Trustee Kristen Combs at the soon-to-be Geffen Playhouse (formerly Westwood Playhouse)

“ONWARD AND UPWARD WITH THE ARTS.” That was the mantra of Geffen Playhouse Founder and Producing Director Gilbert (Gil) Cates, a visionary and a showman who brought this theater to life a quarter of a century ago. And it remains our mantra today. With the launch of our 2021/2022 season, we celebrate 25 years of storytelling, opening nights, world premieres, standing ovations, and all the artists and audiences who have passed through our doors since we first raised our curtain with Four Dogs and a Bone in 1995. We did not just begin life as Geffen Playhouse—there’s more to our story. It was the early 1990s and, as a lover of the arts, then-Dean of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television Gil Cates had a dream and a vision. The goal was to create a new non-profit professional theater company that 1 8 P L AY B I L L

OCT 10, 1995 — John Patrick Shanley’s Four Dogs and a Bone, directed by Lawrence Kasdan, featuring Brendan Fraser, Elizabeth Perkins, Parker Posey, and Martin Short opened the Geffen Playhouse

Founder Gilbert Cates with philanthropist David Geffen and UCLA Chancellor Emeritus Charles E. Young

Geffen Playhouse is excited to celebrate 25 years with its 2021/2022 Anniversary Season

would enrich the cultural life of Greater Los

of an endowment gift from philanthropist

Angeles and the UCLA community through

David Geffen) to begin the creation of a

plays and educational programs that in-

permanent professional non-profit theater

form, entertain and inspire.

in Westwood. The university created an

UCLA had a long history of working closely with professional theaters as an extension of its academic mission and, for many

independent board, helmed by Cates, which would assume all costs and risks of operating the theater. And the rest is history.

years, owned and operated the Doolittle

Since opening, Geffen Playhouse has

Theater in Hollywood to fulfill this mission.

staged nearly 200 productions, held more

Cates recognized the Doolittle’s geographic

than 9,000 performances, and entertained

distance from campus created a barrier to

countless audiences from around the world

any meaningful relationship with UCLA and

and every walk of life. Each year has brought

argued a better partner would be the West-

with it new stories, new artists, new laugh-

wood Playhouse, located right across from

ter, new tears and new challenges—and we

campus. Compelled by the proximity and

grow as a theater, and as a family, with every

potential of the historic theater, Chancellor

one of them.

Charles Young agreed to sell the Doolittle and pledged the proceeds of the sale to assist Cates with the purchase and refurbishment of the Westwood Playhouse.

It has been an honor to be a home for the arts in this remarkable city of Los Angeles, and we are excited for what the next 25 years will bring. We hope you will continue

UCLA leased the theater to the newly

to join us on this journey, as we go onward

named Geffen Playhouse (in recognition

and upward with the arts. G E F F E N P L AY H O U S E 1 9

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Lorena Carlson Ellen Castleman The Claman/Cates Family Sandra Chan & Richard Pezner Diane Chernansky Nancy Chess The Chisolm Family Caroline Choi Lori Christopher Shirley Churgin Pam Coats Carl Cohn Jennifer Colantuoni Lynn Comer Nessa Cooper Heidi Jo Corey Shawn Cunningham In Loving Memory of Ed Cypert Muriel Dance & Alvin Martin J. Jason Daunter Jeffrey & Louise Davis Judith Delafield Hal & Roberta Delevie Gayle & Dan Devin Kristin Diehl Tom & Diane Duralde Michael East & Tanisha Gonzalez Ken Egel & Liz Wiegardt Joan & Jerry Elledge Colleen M. Ellis Terri & David Elston Carl & Courtenay Enright Lidia & Mauricio Epelbaum Stephen Falk Carol Fatuzzo Wilbur Faulk Diedre Feehan Terry Feuerborn Lisa & William Finkelstein Ruth Fisher Geralyn Flood Melissa Ford Christopher & Claire Forsyth Rosella Forte Dennis & Jackie Fox Jean & Jerome Friedman Lynn & Barry Friesen Laurelle Frome & Brady Frome Mr. Scot McIntosh & Dr. Ruchira Garg Corinne B. Garson Daniel Giesberg Jarrod Gilbreath Priscila Giraldo Linda & Tom Givvin Dr. Diane & Michael Glazer Lori Glickman Lorain Goldberg Francine Golden & Marvin Schlossman The Goldfarbs Gretchen Goldsmith Dina Goldstein

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ANNUAL DONORS AnaAlicia Gonzalez Roger Gordon Liz Gottainer & David Sadkin Andrea Gozali Howard Gradet Michael A. Green Trudi Green Jana & Randall Greer Kimberly Grieger Annika Guy Eve Haberfield & David N. Johnson Ross & Lindsey Avner Louise Halevy & Kenneth Erlich Keith Hall Pamela Halle Chris Hardeman Lorraine Hartman Brian & Karen Hatch Erica & Madison Hatchett Diane Haun Kam Hekmat Jacqueline Heller & Gabriel Kahana Sue Herbers Gary & Jane Hewer Karen Higgins Penny Hildebrand Melvin Horowitz Tamara Horwich & Gerry Lipshutz Michael Infiesto Jackie & Warren Jackson In Memory of Joseph Jacobs Frederic A. & Nancy Jacobus Stephen & Erica Jamieson Sheila Johnson-Brousseau Philip Angerhofer & Stephen A. Jones Arlene Kageyama Jessica Kaltman & Robert Reznik Julia Kantrowitz Victoria Kapitany Harris Katleman Owen Kato Jim Keily Stuart Kessler Sarah Kilpatrick Cynthia King Phyllis H. Klein Leana Kleinman & Jerald Johnson Allison Krensky The Kriloff Family Charles Kristenson Barbara Kroll & Ruth Spielman Mona Lands John & Sandra Langfitt 24 P L AY B I L L

Donald LaPlante Joan Larkin Jill & Michael Lasky Mindy Lauerlevin & Ed Levin Alyce LaViolette Pamela Lawler Rhonda Lawrence Miriam & Eli Lebental Doreen & Bruce Leddy Johanna Leovey Jerry & Eve Lerman Suzann & Jimmy Levine Lawrin & Linda Lewin Mae & Hugh Lichtig Joanne Lindsay Hugh & Gail Linstrom Andria Litto The Taylor Family Foundation Fran & David Loew Renee Lonner Bryan Lourd Mactarun & Risha Malik Jain Malkin Eric & Eva Plaza Mandel Phillips & Emily Marshall Gina Martino Laura Maslon Phyllis & Bert Massing George Mayer Douglas McAvoy, Jr. John McClure Kelly McDevitt Joel & Sherry McKuin Kathleen McMullin Sharon McQueen Anupama Menon Eileen & Paul Meshekow For Everett Mikelich In Memory of Gregory Millar Julie Miller-Phipps Denise V. Moore Howard J. Morris Linda Muccitelli Anita Nagler Bonnie Nash Stephen Nathan David Neilan Sherri & Arnie Nelson Dan Newman Andrew Newman Helen Nightengale Doreen & Donald Nortman Susan Oka Louise Olin Cory & Bill Oppenheim Sharon Oxborough Jorge Paganin Steven Papazian Sylvia & Robert Paris

Edward Parker Sun Parmeshwaran Kelly & Abhilash Patel Susan Petelik Vanessa Pizzuto Darcy Pollack Jack & Jane Pollock Heather M. Porter Gloria & Michael Rausch Kay & Bob Rehme Mike Resnick Marianne Reynolds Linda & Erin Rice Lindy Robbins Edwin Robinson Jaime & Linda Rodriguez Julie Rogers Eric Rolnick Robert Rosania Brad & Nancy Rosenberg Margaret Rosenthal Laurie Ross Becca Rothschild Liz Ryan Terry Ryan Nancy Sacks Noriko Salamon Susan & Wayne San Filippo Tawny & Jerry Sanders Jennifer Saunders Maxine Savitz Carole & Michael Scheinberg Marilyn Schmitter Gary & Karen Schneider Ian Schorvitz Toni & John Schulman Heidi & Mickey Schulman Linda Schwarz Marc Scott Morton & Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz Barbara Vickery & Martin Shapiro Robin Share Tom & Judy Sharp Alex & Ben Dashwood Elizabeth Silberlicht Nancy & Bruce Silverman David B. Simons Sandra & Irwin Sitkoff Marlene Sklar & Joel Moskowitz Leah Sklar Tricia Small Ethan & Joanna Smith

Jon Snow Susan Solomon The Somaini Family Melvin Spears Donald Spradlin Andrea & David Stanley M Leslie Stearns Cydney Stewart Frances & Sy Strasberg Frances Strasberg Arthur Streeter Mr. Kayser Sume & Dr. Renee Sabshin Ann & Paul Sunderland Katherine Sung Neely & Larry Swanson Robin & David Swartz Andrea & Jay Swerdlow Susan Szambelan Katherine Szopa Joanne Takahashi Lance & Maureen Tan Ilisa E. Tanner Gloria Tapanes Tenenbaums & Schoenfelds The Thayer Family Allison Thomas Daniel Tongbai & Henry Clancy William Toth Barbara Tuchi Karen Van Kirk Robin Venturelli Paul Verdon & Michael Haight William Wallace Fern Wallach Chris Walther Louise Wannier Jill Waterman Andrew & Cathy Watts Kelly Weber Williams Donna Weiss Lisa Welch John & Sherry West Aaron Widera WME Albert Wolsky Karen Woo Jennifer & Randy Wooster Lisa Yen & Tom Bajoras David & Christine ZeBrack Will Miller & Anna Ziegler Steven Ziel Dr. & Mrs. Darin Detwiler Laura Zucker & Allan Miller


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Matt Shakman

Gil Cates, Jr.




Amy Levinson Associate Artistic Director Daniel Ionazzi Producer Ross Jackson Artistic Producer Phyllis Schuringa Artistic Associate / Casting Director Abby Weston-Mark Company Manager Carly Plasha Assistant to the Artistic Director


Isaac Katzanek Production Manager Jill Barnes Artistic & Production Administrator Evan Friedman Technical Director Patty Squibb Assistant Technical Director Alexandre Norkus Gil Cates Theater Stage Supervisor Tyler Brogla Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater Stage Supervisor Rick Gilles Properties Master Karin Rabe Associate Properties Master Audrey Lastar Costume Supervisor Sarah Lindsley Wardrobe Supervisor Andrew Vance Lighting & Projection Supervisor Julie Cowger Assistant Lighting Supervisor James Grabowski House Sound Supervisor Jake Delgado Associate House Sound Supervisor


Behnaz Ataee Chief Financial Officer Berenice Campos Director of Human Resources Peter Banachowski Accounting Manager Youra Kim Junior Accountant Clay Dzygun Office Coordinator Marguerite Harris Receptionist


Elizabeth Kegley Director of Institutional Giving Mark San Filippo Director of Donor Stewardship Christine Drew Benjamin Director of Donor Engagement Jessica Brusilow Rollins Grant Writing Consultant Allie Reasol Development Assistant


Brian Allman Interim Director of Education & Community Engagement Rudy King Manager of Community Engagement Paloma Nozicka Education Associate Sean Michael Boozer, DeJuan Christopher Conner, Lyssa Deehan, Ramy El-Etreby, Tara Ricasa, Maddy Wagner Teaching Artists


Patrick Brown Director of Marketing Zenon Dmytryk Director of Communications Karen Gutierrez Director of Advertising & Audience Development Brian Dunning Director of Content & Creative Zack Hamra Associate Director of Audience Services & Ticketing Kevin O’Brien Marketing Manager Janice Bernal Box Office Manager Alyssa Tyson Box Office Manager Lexy McAvinchey Assistant Box Office Manager & House Seat Manager Vaneh Assadourian, Brianna Barrett, Jacob Feller, Sean James, Alan Kistler, Lauren Machain, Sara Turken, Yua Watanabe, Dennis Woullard Box Office Staff


Jeni Pearsons Director of Operations Mel Yonzon Front of House Manager Amy Farkas Lead Concierge Rob Mersola Event Manager Adam Carr Hospitality Captain Anya Pryjmak, Emir Yonzon Part Time House Managers Sam Baker, Ron Burch, Sigourney Chin, Sarah Chute, Savanna Chute, Ki Duncan, Elizabeth Fritsch, Tony Jose Garcia, Angelo Herrera, Joe Maldonado, Simon Martin, Taylor McClain, Adam Simers, Kari Solum, Taneal Williams Guest Services Brynn Allen, Lulu Altabbakh, Anya Banerjee, Hannah Battersby, Blaire Battle, Lauren Curet, Enzo De Cunto, Sydney Fleischman, Charlene Herrella, Aja Hinds, Keo Lacebol, Alia Maboob, Clayton McInerney, Austin Merrill, Ana Nguyen, Autumn Oymade, Michael Rosenberg, Elena ScaringPeene, Areaney Tolentino, Titus VanHook, Steven Vargas, Ben Wendel, Paulyne Youri Ushers


Karim Bouzzit Cloud System Administrator Dream Warrior Group System Administrator


Art Guillen Facilities Manager Martin Ayala, Felipe Ayala Building Maintenance Mario Santillan-Perez Custodial Juan Carlos Umaña, Camerina Martinez Cleaning Custodial

Geffen Playhouse is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. This project was also funded in part by the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles. Geffen Playhouse, a not-for-profit theater company, is proudly affiliated with the University of California at Los Angeles. G E F F E N P L AY H O U S E 2 5

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